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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." aporting from washington, laura trevelyan. new deils are emerging about the bombers whcarried out the sri lankan attacks as the death toll rises above 350. president trump vows to fight every subpoena from congress. setting up a battle between lawmakers and the white house. plus,g arriv russia in style. north korea'leader is in vladivostok for a closely watched summitir with vladim putin.
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laura: welcome to our viewers on public television here in america and around the globe. it is another day of mourning in sri lanka as more funerals are held for the vtims of the easter sunday attacks. the death toll has risen to 359 people. at least 500 were injured. the nation's president is oflling for the resignatio top security officials, as we are learning more about those who carried t the attack. here is the bbc's clive myrie. clive: mourning for the majority chri confined to the catholic church. at this grand mosque, praycls uded thoughts for the hundreds t killed, murdered he name of a perversion of islam. the rituals remain the same. but something has changed here ndw. there's an ucurrent of fear that there might be christian reprisals from that whole
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by thety has been tarred barbarity of a few, in a city that has endured so many years of interreligious cooperation. "not in our name," say the trustees of the moue, denouncing the bombers as enemies of the faith. >> the name maybet muslims, we won't accept them. we won't accept them as a muslim. city, in the this shadow of a church a suicide desecrated, how can the community heal? all around, the lheing are touc by evence of the intolerance exhibited. there ar died?e people who >> three more people. clive: this street paved with sorrow and linedy grief. so many are still awaiting burial. in this house, a woman in her
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70's. her daughter, age 52. another woman in her 60s. me of the more than 100 christian lives cut short here. today, in a spirit of onreconciliathey are mourned by buddhists. the leader of sri lanka's catholics paid his respects, t d he told bombings left him numb. >> i lost my people. the word -- these were innocent people i had nothing to do with the spirit of these people wh blasted them to pieces. it was something that i couldn't grasp and understand. i couldn't understand the rationality of what they did. clive: the families of the 8 britons can't understand either. from manchester, 55, lorraine campbellasas theto be named. who want to givee every
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knew her the opportunity th spend time w her. give them the opportunity to come together and celebrate this beautiful woman. clive: lorraine campbell's killer is thought to have lived in this upmarket neighborhood in icolombo. thisthe suicide bomb's fore, still sealed forensics. the family's copper factor is where investigators believe the. bombs were bui sunday,guys that easter the funerals are bein staggered. there were dozens more today. it is a continuing process of remembrance in a land where the only viable future for its mu population is to try to live in peace. laura: clive myrie reporting. as the natn grieves, we are
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-- the investigation is being stepped up. 60 people have been arrested, but police are searcbeng for the meeved to be the islamistr, leader of group. avyogita lamaye tred to the town where he is from to learn more. yogita: the search for the sourcef sri lanka's horror leads to this town. its where zahran hashim lived, a radical muslim cleric thought to be the mastermind o attacks, whichhe islamic state oup has now claimed. in his town, it is difficult to get peopleo talk about him. you don't know where he lived in this area? their community ow under the shf terror. we are told he has not been seen here in more than two ars. we finally find his sister's house. afraid of reprisals, she does not want her face to be shown, but she agreed to speak to us.
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yogita: later, walking through a rundown neighborhood, we're taken to his childhood home.d we have been tat his parents left town a few days before the attack. zahran hashim grew up here. i am told this is his ancestral me. more recently he lived in a rented house in the town. people in the neighborhood are shocked that someone who live amidst them is suspected to be behind such brutal bombings that killed hundreds, and they shyaw from talking about earliehe day, we saw the mosque he had founded. today it is empty, but he is believed to have had hundreds of
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fanatical followers. ere we also many muslims who accused him of radicalizing youngsters. this man heads the council of local mosques. someone from our area has been linked to attacks is worrisome. we are shocked and upset by it. our country does not support hardliners. we believe in harmony and unity. yogita: as a mark of respect for the victims, the town closed down. there is sorrow here, like the rest of the country, but also real fear of a backlash. yogita lamaye, bbc news. laura: sri lanka mourns and as s amid so many unanswered questions about why. here in th u.s., president trump says he will fight also be -- all sub
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his way.gress since they want to see the president's tax returns. mr. trump spoke before leaving washington for atlanta. pres. trump: we are fighting all the bpoenas. , these are not, like, impartial people. the democrats are trying to win 2020. they are not going to win with people i see. they are not going to win against me. onth way they can luck out is by constantly going after me on nonsense. laura: for more, i spoke a brief time ago with ron christie, former adviser to george w. bush. democrats of issued a blizzard of subpoenas and the president is fighting back. is this going to drag on for year ron: i think it could. i think the president is on strong legal round when he comes to a case called united states rsus nixon. back in the watergate era, there were a lot of people on capitol hill who wanted to see the president's documents and se of aides to testify, a the
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supreme court held that there was a notion called executive privilege. i think donald trump if the democrats persist with the subpoenas, donald trump could find himself in court for many years to come. laura: politically, does it risk the president lookg like the he has sething to hide, not wanting to hand over his tax returns? ron: t ink the optics look bad politically, but legally speaking, having worked in the white house for four years, u have executive privilege so that the president's closest advisers can have free conversations and they don't feel compelled thatwi someon drag them to capitol hill to say what did the president say to you and vice versa. the notion of having the chief legal officer, chief counsel, go to capitol hill to testify breaches ecutive privilege. laura: meanwhile, the former homeland security secretary apparently could not bring up how to stop russia interfering in the 2020 election with the president because she was t ld he didn'nt to hear it. what do you make of that? ron: i think it is
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extraordinary. it is one thing to be on the privilege toecutiv keep conversations private, but the notion that the president would not want to hear from one of their cabinet officers about protecting the homelanedof the untates i find preposterous. laura: apparently, reportedly, the chief of staff told the home land security secretary not to raise it because the president -- he equates iwith questioning his victory, raising the question of russia. wew does that strike you? ron: of course w not in the room and did not hear the conversations, so it is he said she said -- laura: but it is in mueller, too. the idea that the president thinks that raisin the invalidates -- raising russia invalidates the election. ron: i just find is that it is a really interesting insnto the way this white house works, winners and losers, who is up, who is down, let's go to twitter, as opposed to let's do the business of the american people. from my stint in the white e,ho could not imagine president bush saying "we need a victory here for me." it is never about you.
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the president is only the tcupant of the oval office and the office is biggn the president. laura: why has the president gone from declaring victory over robert mueller to making himself the victim?is ron: thahe status he enjoys. he likes portraying himself as the under guy, people are coming after m woe is me. as oppos stature of the office he holds. it is one of the mysteries around the world, why does the president not recognize that he won and he is in office and people gave him responsibility to lead? that is what he should focus on. laura: ron christie,hank you. ron: good to see you. laura: british and irish political leaders joined mourners in belfasl for the fune a young journalist and activist. lyra mckee was killed on thursday as she observed rioters clashing with police in the city of londonderry. her death brought back memories of'orthern irel's violent past and prompted a debate about its future. emma vardy reports. emma: a modern victim of litical violence that many hoped had been confined to the past.
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thousands lined the streets of belfast for lyra mckee. her death uniting protestants and catholics, and political wvals. >> lyra was a pers broke down barriers and reached across boundaries. ifthis was her hallmark in and this is her legacy in death. ♪ emma: side-by-side, e leaders of the democratic unionist party and sinn fein, bitr adversaries, today united in condemnation of the events which led it to lyra mckee's death. british and irish prime minister's brought together two, las theresa may aor leader jeremy corbyn joined leo varadkar and the irish presideng michael s.
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>> lyra is many things to many people. smma: tributes were paid to her writing and acti she campaign for peace and gay rights in northern ireland, and her family appealed for people to embrace her vision for change. ea>> we have the power to the kind of society that lyra envisioned. one where bels are meaningless. emma: then came a reproachful plea directed at northern ireland's divided politicians. >> why in god's name did it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her -- [applause] emma: an uncomfortable reminder that more than two years since the breakdown of power-sharingir in northerand, these leaders who've come together in solidarity today have failed to show the same unity in
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government. >> i dare to hope that lyra's murder on holy thursday evening can be the doorway to beginning, and i detect a deep dere for this. ♪ emma: exactly 21 years after the good friday agreement, lyra mckee, gunned down by the new ira, has promptea backlash against modern-day dissident republicans. the shock of lyra mckee's death has been felt widely, but there is also a sense of hope that it can bring a new turning point whic move forward.>>ireland it is ridiculous. there is a small minority. >> i hope there is no more.
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if people would only rise up. ♪ emma: this celebration of lyra's life also a reminder of how much northern ireland has to lose through a continuation of its past. from: emma vardy reporting northern ireland. britain's government will reportedly a level controversial innese tech company aol building the u.k.'s next generation of mobile communications. it puts it at odds with washington. they say that the information huawei got could be used by beijing for spying. how risky is it for the u.k. government to use huawei to build a 5g network? >> incredibly risky, but it can be managed through the right
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promisesn that huawei brings to the u.k. laura: walt weiss says it would never spy for beijing. -- huawei says it would never spy for beijing. it -- is that credible? >> the challenges that huawei may d everything right, but nationstate cyber operatives from m chi take advantage of the relationship. laura: meanwhile, the u.s. does not nynt the u.k. orf its allies to use huawei. good britain be punished -- couldy britain be punished america if he does this? >> we are entering a gray area with treaties and technology. punish hate to see them partners because of a difference of opinion in leveraging technology and what the risks are. we have to do a better job securing the supply chain vs. focusing on the company and its
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relationship and whether or not they can secure their access to the internet. laura: thank you for joining us. >> thanks for having me. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." ill to come on tonight's program, from america'so dad disgraced felon. a new t book exploreshe fall of disgracedos comedian bill and the women who took him down. how many times have you left your baby in front of the telly or with the tablet so you could get a few chores done? the new advice from the world health organization is that babies and toddlers should not be left alone in front of a screen. dish what itd calls sedentary screen time should not happen before the child is two. our health correspondent has more on the story for you. watch it, all you parents out there. reporter: midmorning play date. in the background, the tv is
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but with the excitement of toys and friends, going unnoticed. >>nt not really that ierested. reporter: a screen, especially phones and tablets, are now a big part of everyday life. is report makes recommendations around activity levels, sleep, and screen time. on the last point, it recommends that children under two, there should be no passive screen time at all. the children between two and four, limit screen time to just an hour a day, and less is better the report talks about sedentary screen time, where kids are simply plunked in front of the tv or screen. some experts say that is too simple as of view of what is going on, and these moms agree. >> things are going on in his brain at t same time.
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i don't know how we would make the dinner" and clean -- dinner and cook and clean if he didn't have something to watch. >> i think it is up to the parents to decide what your kids -- what they need and what is best for them, because every child is so different. reporter: there areteo plans to up official advice in the u.k., which sets no screen time limits but recommends children avoid screens before bedtime. laura: bill cosby was once known as america's dad, but that image was shattered en more than a zen women came forward with allegations of sexual assault. he is now in state prison. journalist nicole egan covered the cases against cosby from the very beginning. her new book "chasing cosby" is about the search for the truth and the women who stories
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with her. she joined me earlier from new how much courage did it take for the women who were abused by cosby to share their stories with you? nicole: it took a tremendous amount of coage for all the men to come forward and tell their stories, but most especially for andrea constand, who told police what happened to first her in january 2005. laura: you describe the effect that bilcosby had on these women as something called icon intimidation. what is that you don't -- what is that? term coined by anbi profiler who is now retired and it basically means that the person who was doing these acts is powerful and preys on people or less poweul than him, and his status as an icon blinds everyone around them to what is going on as well as the victims' families and the victims themselves. t laurthat point, did bill cosby entrap not just the women but also their families? nicole: yes, he did, he groomed
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them. he came to them to be mentorsw and got to keir parents, either spoke to them on the phone or invited them to performances. he groomed the families as well. once he had a trusting relationship in place, that is when he preyed on them. laura: you reported on these algations years ago. why has it taken so long for cosby to be brought to justice? nicole: first of all, the da in 2005 made clear he had wanted nothing to do with the case. second, the media wouldn't cover it really back then. coy was very good at controlling the media in 2005. but in 2014 when the video of hannibal buress went viral, there was social media, which didn't exist in 2005. iton went crazwitter and all this other social media. and there was online media that t been around in 2005, either. pbefore you knew it, ked up so much steam it couldn't be stopped. s laura: withoial media, is it possible he would still be a free man? nicole: absolutely. laura: how did the women who
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were so bve speaking to you feel now that they have been vindicated and believed? nicole: i mean, a lohem were at sentencing and one woman who spoke to me for the first time for the book traveled all the way from spain to watch the sentencing. there was a certain amount of closure felt tre. but he is fighting to be releas and is attacking the victims and still refuses to acknowledge he did any wrong. they have to endure that as well. but he is doing it from behind bars, at least. laura: indeed. you also write abo the efforts nders madecosby's de to try to discredit his accusers. what impact did that have on the women? cole: it had a tremendous impact on the women. they talk about that in the book and also the backlash when they came forward. they went after a california attorney with all they had in 2005, leaking every negative thing they could find about her to the media, and the media would run with it. oudrea constand and her mother, they made up lies them in
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the media ran with it. they had the press surrounding them at their home, and the da did not bother to tell andrea himself or her attorneys that he was not going to press charges. they found out when reporters showed up at the lawyer's door. it had a hugimpact. laura: nicole egan, thank you so much for joining us. ole: thank you. laura: k norean leader kim jong-un has arrived in russia for a summit with presidentpu n. it is his first visit to the country, and he arrived bytr armoren. a warning, steveosenberg's report contains flashing images. steve: his armored train had all but made it into vladivostok station. but somehow there was a last gasp spring clean by kim jong-un's staff.
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north korea clearly keen to make a good impression onussia. outside the station, kim was treated to a guard of honor. it is his first visit to russia. ihe is looking quite the statesman. two summits with donald ump have ensured that, even if they tohave failed persuade north korea to give up its nuclear weapons progm. tenever there is a summit with kim jong-un at tle, we have gotten used to the man sitting opposite being donald trump. but this time it will be vladimir putin, and that puts the kremlin leader exactly whert he wanbe, center stage. vladimir putin has not met kimbu befot he met his father, kim jong-i as for this meeting, the kremlin has a clear message for america, you cannot solve the world's biggest problems without russia's help. steve rosenberg, bbc news, vladivostok.
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